If you have been struck by a drunk driver, it is vital to call the police to the accident scene. They can help you in a number of ways. Once your injuries are stabilized, contact a Las Vegas car accident lawyer for help.
While your health is your first priority after a drunk driving accident, you should also act with an eye towards possible future compensation for your injuries. Getting the police to the scene of your accident can help you in a number of ways.
When the other driver is drunk, you never quite know what they are capable of doing. They may be belligerent and hostile, and you could be in some physical danger. The situation can be worse when they have some type of weapon. Getting police on the scene quickly can help protect you in case the drunk driver gets violent.
The accident report that police give you will document the fact that the other driver has been arrested for suspicion of DUI or has been given a ticket. This is one of the first things that the insurance company will ask for when you file the claim. The accident report will contain the basic facts of the accident, even though police will not necessarily determine who is at fault.
Calling the people is important if the other driver has fled the scene of the accident. At the very minimum, they can give you an accident report that says that you were hit by someone else. This can help you file a claim under the UIM part of your own policy. In addition, they could track down and find the driver who hit you, so you can first file a claim against their policy. It will also bring them to justice for breaking the law.
Police can help get the right medical attention for you at the scene of the accident. You may not think that you are injured and need medical help, but the police can persuade you to accept the assistance that you need to treat you. In the end, being treated at the scene is better for your legal situation because it will establish that you have been injured.
When you have been injured by a drunk driver, you may be the last person who can take any action at the scene of the accident. However, a police officer will speak to witnesses and deal with others at the scene. While they are not necessarily there to act on your behalf, their assistance is invaluable.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a drunk driver, you should speak with a Las Vegas car accident lawyer to find out how you may receive compensation. Call the attorney at Breeden Malpractice & Injury Law at (702) 744-9427 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.
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